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Archive for December, 2007

Playlists 2007

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on December 31, 2007

Music examples (teaser) of Indian Classical Music …
Listen to and Enjoy some Raga tunes from our 2007 shows (playlists):

12th show (01/22/07) – Raga CDs of the Months: All Day Ragas
13th show (02/06/07) – repetition of Christmas Special 2006: Pentatonic Ragas
14th show (03/06/07) – Raga CDs of the Months: ragamala-s – miniature paintings (part 1 of 2)
15th show (04/03/07) – Raga CDs of the Months: ragamala-s – miniature paintings (part 2 of 2)
16th show (05/28/07) – Raga CDs of the Months: 1000x RAGAM (part 1 of 2)
17th show (06/05/07) – Raga CDs of the Months: 1000x RAGAM (part 2 of 2)
summer holiday (07/03/07) – repetition of 01/2007 (All Day Ragas)
18th show (07/30/07) – special: From India to Europe… FestivalReport 2007 (part1)
19th show (08/07/07) – Raga CDs of the Months: Raga Time Cyclus … Ayurvedic Princips
20th show (08/13/07) – special: From India to Europe… FestivalReport 2007 (part2)
21st show (09/04/07) – Raga CDs of the Months: The Sarangi Project! – The Voice of a 100 Colours
22nd show (09/12/07) – special: StudioTalk No. 2: Music awareness by love
23rd show (10/02/07) – Raga CDs of the Months: Indian Monsoon Ragas (rainy season)
24th show (11/06/07) – Raga CDs of the Months: A Legend on the Sitar (portrait of Nikhil Banerjee)
25th show (12/04/07) – Raga CDs of the Months: TALA – Indian Rhythm Cycles


broadcasting in 2007: each 1st Tuesday @ 09:00 p.m. (METZ)

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example of a raga form: Raga Jhinjoti
– the beauty of this melodious raga lies in its simplicity. It utilizes all the notes and use “komal Ni*.This is a supportive raga of the Thaat Khamaj*. Elaboration of this raga is normally restricted to the lower and middle octave. The play time is the second quarter of the night.

Aroha (= ascending scala): SaReGaMa Pa Dha Ni Sa;
Avaroha (= descending scala): SaNiDhaPa MaGaReSa


*) … Thaat consists of the seven notes (SA, Re, Ga, Ma, Pa, Dha, Ni) and is designated by the change of shuddha (naturally played), komal (softly played) and teevra(hard played).

All Day Ragas – 22nd January

  1. Ali Akbar Khan (Sarod) – Raga Pilu (15th Dec 1965) – CD “T-Series – All India Radio Archival Release: Ali Akbar Khan (Sarod – Vol. 5)” – (1997/2001, SCI – Super Cassettes Industries Ltd.)
  2. Ali Akbar Khan (Sarode) & Ravi Shankar (Sitar) – Raga Kafi – CD Jugalbandi Ali Akbar Khan & Ravi Shankar (1999, RPG Music Intern. Ltd. – The Gramophone Company of India Ltd., Kolkata)
  3. Ravi Shankar (Sitar) & Alla Rakha (Tabla) – Raga Mishra Piloo – CD Pandit Ravi Shankar (1991, RPG Music Intern. Ltd. – The Gramophone Company of India Ltd., Kolkata)
  4. Shobha Gurtu (vocal) – Main To Kheloongi Un Sang Hori (Raga Mishra Pilu, Hori composition) – CD Shobha Gurtu (Light Classical Vocal) – Saiyaan nikas Gaye – Thumri, Dadra, Jhoola, Hori (2000, Music World)

ragamala-s – miniature paintings (part 1 and 2) – 6th March & 3rd April

part 1…

  1. Ravi Shankar (Sitar) & Kumar Bose (Tabla) – Raga Tilak Kamod (Live, Town House – London) – CD Sublime Sounds of Sitar (1988, Oriental Records)
  2. Prabhakar Karrekar (vocal) & Subhash Kamat (Tabla) – Raga Ahir Lalit – CD Classical Vocal – Pt. Prabhakar Karekar (2002, Fountain Music Company)
  3. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt (Mohan Vina) & Sri Parameshwar Hegde (vocal) – Raga Dhaneshri – DVD Sawai Gandharva Music Festival (2004, Fountain Music Company, Pune)
  4. Prabhakar Kararekar (vocal) & Subash Kamat (Tabla) – Raga Hindol – CD Eastern Soul (2002, SWM – SenseWorldMusic)

part 2…

  1. Kumar Gandharva (vocal) & Govindrao Patwardhan (Harmonium) – Raga Kamod – CD Classical Vocal – Discovery of Indian Classical Music – Pandit Kumar Gandharva (1999, Fountain Music Company, Pune)
  2. ShivKumar Sharma (Santoor) & Shafaat Ahmed Khan (Tabla) – Raga Lalit – CD The Twilight Melody on The Santoor (1998, The Gramophone Company of India Ltd., Kolkata)
  3. Purbayan Chatterjee (Sitar) & Shashank (Flute) – Raga Dhaneshri – CD Rasayana (2005, SWM – SenseWorldMusic)
  4. Bimsen Joshi (vocal) & Zakir Hussain (Tabla) – Raga Hindol (Khayal) – CD Classical Vocal – Discovery of Indian Classical Music – Pandit Bimsen Joshi (1999/2000, Fountain Music Company, Pune)

1000x RAGAM (part 1 and 2) – 28th May & 5th June

part 1…

  1. Prof. K. Swaminathan (Veena) – Bhaavanjali / Geethanjali (Smt. MS Subbulakshmi) / Kaavyanjal (Sri Muruganar) – (Geethanjali Cassettes, Chennai)
  2. Sudha Ragunathan (vocal) – Virutham Kaavaavaa (Ragam Varali) – Video CD (Double DVD) The Concert – (2004, Amuthan Music)
  3. Kiranavali Vidyasankar (vocal) & Smt. Padma Sankar (Violin) – Sri Matrubhutham (Kriti, Ragam kAnadA) – (2005, Chennai)
  4. Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman (Mridangam) & Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer (vocal) – (1996, rasika Ranjani Sabha)
  5. S. Kasim & S. Babu (Nadaswaram Jugalbandi) & Rajana Swaminathan (Mridangam) – (2006, Sri Siva Vishnu Tempel)

part 2…

  1. Dr. N. Ramani (Flute Ramani) & Sri Chalakudy Narayanaswamy (Violin) – Raga Sara Sudha (Ragam Shankarabarnam)
  2. Bombay Sisters (Ranjani & Gayatri) – Mutthuswamy Dikshitar composition: Rangapuravihara (Raga Brindavana Saranga, Kriti) (2003, USA)
  3. Toronto Brothers (Ashwin & Rohin Iyer) – Thyagaraja composition: Jagadananda Karaka – Nattai (2006, Toronto)
  4. E.M. Subramaniam (Ghatam) & Smt. M.L. Vasasnthakumari (vocal) – Thani Avarthanam (percussion solo)
  5. Jayannthi Kumaresh (Veena Jayanthi) – Vainika Series (part 1, 2 and 3)

Raga Time Cyclus … Ayurvedic Princips – 7th August

  1. Shivkumar Sharma (Santoor) & Shafaat Ahmed Khan (Tabla) – Raga Bhairavi – CD Dhyana at daybreak (2002, Magna Sound)
  2. Aashish Khan (Sarod) & Zakir Hussain (Tabla) – Raga Bhimpalasi – CD Golden String of Sarode (2005, Music Today / Moment Records)
  3. Kumar Gandharva (vocal) – Aayo Milawe Ko Ji (Raga Deshkar) – CD Classical Vocal (1999, Fountain Music, Pune)
    Kumar Gandharva (vocal) – Raga Durga – CD Deep Ki Jyot Jare Re – Late Pt. Kumar Gandharva (1990, Venus Records, Mumbai)
  4. Ravi Shasnkar (sitar) – Raga Ahir Lalit – CD Pt. Ravi Shankar – Sitar (1987/2004, RPG – Grampophone Company of India, Kolkata)
  5. HariPrasad Chourasia – Raga Bageshvari – CD Call of the Valley (1997/2003, RPG – Grampophone Company of India, Kolkata)

The Sarangi Project! – The Voice of a 100 Colours – 4th September

  1. Zohaib Hassan (Sarangi) – Raga Bhairav (2007, private recording)
  2. Ram Narayan (Sarangi) – Raga Alaiya Bilawal (TV Documentary, Star Utsav)
  3. Ruchira Kale (vocal) & Sarangi – Saiyan More (Thumri) – (2006/2007, live recording)
  4. Rashid Khan (vocal) & Murad Ali Khan (Sarangi)- Raga Jogkauns – CD Reflection (2006, SWM – SenseWorldMusic)
  5. Gouri Banerjee (Sarangi) & Kishore Banerjee (Tabla) – Raga Madhubanti (vilambit, Ektaal – Drut – Teentaal) (2006/2007, private recording)
  6. Dilshad Khan (Sarangi) & Mukesh Jadhav (Tabla) – Raga Charukehsi (vilambit – Drut, Teentaal) – (2007, 1st Indian Festival, Grenoble)
  7. Ustad Sultan Khan (Sarangi) & Ikram Khan (Sarangi) – Raga Nat Bhairav – CD Sarangi (2005, SWM – SenseWorldMusic)

Indian Monsoon Ragas (rainy season) – 2nd October

  1. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt (Mohan Vina) – Raga Megh Malhar – CD Desert Slide (2006, SWM – SenseWorldMusic)
  2. Salamat Ali Khan & Nazakat Ali Khan (vocalists) – Raga Megh (Dhrupad) – (live, Pakistan Radio)
  3. Fateh Ali Khan (vocal) – Raga Megh (Qwwalli) – (live, Pakistan Radio)
  4. Aashish Khan (Sarod) – Raga Miyan Ki Malahar – CD Rainy Season Ragas (1994, Chhanda Dhara)
  5. Ruchiara Kale (vocal) – Maan na kariye (Raga Gaud Malhar) – (live)
  6. Aashish Khan (Sarod) – Raga Megh – CD Rainy Season Ragas (1994, Chhanda Dhara)

A Legend on the Sitar (portrait) – 6th November

  1. Nikhil Banerjee (Sitar) & Gyan Prakash Gosh (Tabla) – Raga Nat Bhairav – CD T-Series – An All India Radio Archival Release (Vol. 1) – Fond Memories – Pt. Nikhil Banerjee Sitar (original: 12/1966, 5/2001 – Super Cassettes Industries Ltd.)
  2. Nikhil Banerjee (Sitar) & Shyamal Bose (Tabla) – Raga Pilu (Thumri) – CD T-Series – An All India Radio Archival Release (Vol. 2) – Fond Memories – Pt. Nikhil Banerjee Sitar (original: 03/1967, 6/2001 – Super Cassettes Industries Ltd.)
  3. Nikhil Banerjee (Sitar) & Karamatullah Khan (Tabla) – Raga Deshi – CD T-Series – An All India Radio Archival Release (Vol. 3) – Fond Memories – Pt. Nikhil Banerjee Sitar (original: 02/1965, 5/2001 – Super Cassettes Industries Ltd.)
  4. Nikhil Banerjee (Sitar) & Shyamal Bose (Tabla) – Raga ChandraKauns – CD T-Series – An All India Radio Archival Release (Vol. 4) – Fond Memories – Pt. Nikhil Banerjee Sitar (original: 04/1970, 5/2001 – Super Cassettes Industries Ltd.)
  5. Nikhil Banerjee (Sitar) & Shyamal Bose (Tabla) – Raga Bhatiyar – CD T-Series – An All India Radio Archival Release (Vol. 2) – Fond Memories – Pt. Nikhil Banerjee Sitar (original: 03/1967, 6/2001 – Super Cassettes Industries Ltd.).

TALA – Indian Rhythm Cycles – 4th December

  1. Subhankar Banerjee (Tabla) & Ramesh Misra (Sarangi) – Peshkar (vilambit, Teentaal) – CD The Tabla Series: Subhankar (2005, SWM – SenseWorldMusic)
  2. Akram Khan (Tabla) & Murad Ali Khan (Sarangi) – compositions: Tukra, Chakradar, (Ana)Gat (drut, Teental) – CD The Tabla Series: Akram (2005, SWM – SenseWorldMusic)
  3. Parta Sarathi Mukherjee (Tabla) & Somnath Misra (Harmonium) – forms of variations (Kayida) – CD The Tabla Series: Partha (2006, SWM – SenseWorldMusic)
  4. Subhankar Banerjee (Tabla) & Ramesh Misra (Sarangi) – Rela & Tukra (Ada Chautaal) – CD The Tabla Series: Subhankar (2005, SWM – SenseWorldMusic)
  5. Yogesh Samsi (Tabla) & Ajay Joglekar (Harmonium) – composition: Rela, Tukra, Anagat, Chakradar (Deepchandi) – CD The Tabla Series: Yogesh (2005, SWM – SenseWorldMusic)
  6. Yogesh Samsi (Tabla) & Murad Ali Khan (Sarangi) – composition: Qaida (vilambit, theental) – CD The Tabla Series: Yogesh (2005, SWM – SenseWorldMusic)

Jingle: WEST meets EAST – indian ragas on western instruments(CDNF 150562 ADD Made in India . PKD. 12/2004)

1. MISHRA KALENGRA:
JINAN PRAKASH GHOSH (Harmonium) & V.G. JOG (Violin)
2. THUMRI in RAGA KHAMAJ in ADDHA TEEN TAAL
3. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt (Slide Guitar)
4. RAGA KALAVATI: Shankar Jaikishan
5. RAGA MADHUVANTI: Charanjeet SINGH (Synthethizer)

P & C 2004 Owner, Manufacturer: SAREGAMA INDIA Ltd., 33, Jessore Road, Kolkata – 700 028. India (Original sound recording: The Gramophone Company of India Ltd.)

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Große Plattenfirmen verlieren Urheberrechte-Prozess in China…

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on December 31, 2007

Peking – Die großen Plattenfirmen Universal, EMI, Warner, Sony BMG und deren Filialen haben einen Prozess gegen eine chinesische Internetsuchmaschine wegen Urheberrechtsverletzungen in zweiter Instanz erneut verloren. Wie die chinesischen Medien am Montag berichteten, urteilte der Hohe Gerichtshof in Peking, dass die Suchmaschine Baidu die Autorenrechte der großen Musikkonzerne nicht verletzt. Die Vertreter Baidus hätten vor Gericht geltend gemacht, dass die Website lediglich Links herstelle. Die Plattenfirmen hatten 2005 geklagt, weil Baidu nach ihrer Auffassung 137 Musikstücke kostenlos zur Verfügung stellte. Dafür verlangten sie 1,67 Millionen Yuan (rund 150.000 Euro) Schadenersatz und eine öffentliche Entschuldigung.

(Quelle: 31.12.2007 | AFP)

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TATRA: Das 1700-Euro-Auto kommt 2008 auf den Markt…

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on December 31, 2007

Es wird das billigste Auto der Welt. Der indische Stahlriese Tata bringt kommendes Jahr ein neuartiges Fahrzeug auf den Markt. Der Prototyp soll im Januar auf der Automesse in Neu Delhi vorgestellt werden. Er wird mit ähnliche Leistungsdaten wie der legendäre VW-Käfer aufwarten.

Das billigste Auto der Welt, das 1700-Euro-Auto des indischen Herstellers Tata, wird nach Informationen der Zeitschrift „auto motor und sport“ noch Ende 2008 auf den Markt kommen. Tata wolle das Automobil in einer Prototyp-Variante auf der Auto Expo in New Delhi vom 10. bis 17. Januar vorstellen, heisst es. Das Auto solle wie der legendäre VW Käfer über einen Heckmotor mit einer Leistung von 30 PS verfügen. Von dem Modell gebe es bisher nicht einmal Fotos.
Wie „auto motor und sport“ unter Berufung auf Zulieferkreise weiter berichtete, soll der Tata in zwei Varianten angeboten werden, als Benziner mit 660 Kubikzentimetern Hubraum und als Diesel mit 700 Kubikzentimetern. Im Gespräch sei ein stufenloses Automatikgetriebe. Tata wolle in einer ersten Ausbaustufe rund 250.000 Einheiten pro Jahr bauen. Später sollten eine Million Modelle vom Band rollen.
Nach Westeuropa soll das Kleinfahrzeug demnach nicht exportiert werden, vielmehr sei neben Indien eine Lieferung nach Malaysia, Lateinamerika, Osteuropa und Afrika wahrscheinlich. Hauptgrund dafür seien die strengen Sicherheits- und Abgasvorschriften in Westeuropa.

(Quelle: 31.12.2007 | WELT Online)

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Weihnachten in Asien… 24. Dezember in Indien

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on December 24, 2007

In Asien hat das Weihnachtsfest meist keine lange Tradition, da hier das Christentum in der Regel nicht weit verbreitet ist. Dennoch wird auch hier Weihnachten gefeiert.

In Indien leben mehr als eine Milliarde Menschen. Nach China ist es das zweitgrößte Land der Welt, wenn man nach der Einwohnerzahl geht. Die 24 Millionen Christen sind hier eine kleine Minderheit. Aber dennoch ist Weihnachten in Indien ein offizieller Feiertag, was sicher auch auf die Kolonialzeit unter den Briten zurückzuführen ist.

Am 24. Dezember, dem „bada din“ (großer Tag), gehen die Christen in die Kirchen zur Mitternachtsmesse. Zuhause feiern sie mit Tänzen und Gesang. Die Häuser werden bunt und mit vielen Lichtern geschmückt. Tannenbäume kennt man in Indien nicht, dafür werden Palmen-, Bananen- oder Mangobäume weihnachtlich herausgeputzt.

Geschenke erhalten besonders die Kinder. Aber auch an die Angestellten von Firmen oder in Haushalten wird gedacht. Sie bekommen etwas Geld oder auch kleine Präsente. Das Oberhaupt einer Familie wird mit einer Zitrone bedacht. Diese gilt als Zeichen der Verehrung und des Respekts und soll Glück und Erfolg für das nächste Jahr bringen.

(Quelle: 7. Dez. 2006 | News4Kids (nachrichtenfuerkinder.de) | Weihnachten in Asien)

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Symposium – 23rd Dec 2007: Innovation in Teaching and Practice…

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on December 23, 2007

Madhukali is holding a two-days award ceremony to give away the first-ever Sangeetendu Dr. Lalmani Misra Awards on 22nd and 23rd December 2007 at Bharat Bhawan, Bhopal (M.P.)

Omenad has decided to organize a Symposium on this occasion focusing on Areas of Innovation in Teaching and Practice of Indian Classical Music. Consent from some scholars has been received who shall discuss philosophy of presentation, myth and facts about inter-relationship of Raga-s and new methodology of learning ICM etc.

There are many facets of Indian Classical Music which have to be understood in modern perspective regarding preservation, promotion and dissemination of this art-form. Many artistes despite having concrete ideas regarding presentation have never brought them out due to hostile public reception or outright rejection. In India music still languishes being branded either as entertainment or an ancient practice. As entertainment it suffers due to market forces resulting in use of synthesised music that has replaced human accompanists; being branded as an ancient art very few students opt to learn at the right age (8 to 12) and then too, music is rarely a part of formal education system. Academics and activists have tried to convince people and authority to give music its place in school curriculum. Music is indeed therapeutic but its commodification as an alternate therapy is detrimental to genuine practice.

Several papers have been received on different aspects of learning and performance of Indian music and dance. Some of the speakers are:

  • Techniques of Wind Instruments – Pt. Raghunath Seth
  • Electroninc Music Instruments – Shri G. Rajnarayan
  • Indian Musical Notation: Accuracy versus Universality – Dr. Ragini Trivedi
  • Ragamala paintings as Musical Texts – Dr. Naval Krishna
  • The element of Mystery and Rationality in Indian Raga-s – Dr. Bageshri Joshi
  • Music Therapy: An Objective Evaluation Dr. Sharada Velankar

Mr. Niranjan Haldar would present his musical innovation, Ranjan Veena before the gathering of scholars. An introduction to Prof. R C Mehta’s recent book, Eminent Musicians of Yester Years shall be given by Tabla virtuoso Prof. Kiran Deshpande.

The symposium shall start at 9:30 am with Registration on 23rd December at Bharat Bhawan Bhopal.

( Source: Omenad.net | eMail Contact )

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Raga CDs of the Months (01/08): JALTARANG – Waves of Sound

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on December 21, 2007

Raga CDs of the Months

JALTARANG – Waves of Sound

JalTarang is the name of an antique, Indian instrument. JALTARANG is Hindi and means “waves in the water” (literate forms: Jal Tarang, JalTarang, Jal tarang or Jal Yantra).

date of broadcasting on New Years Day: 1st January 2008 – 09:00 p.m. (METZ)
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The JalTarang had been developed from percussion instruments like Gongs and Gamelans, those played in Java, in Myanmar (earlier Burma) and on Bali. JalTarang dips for the first time in the Middle Ages (17th century) as a term in the Sangeet Parij(a)at, a scientific research work about Indian music written by Ahobal.

The JALTARANG is a percussion instrument, which belongs to the group of the “self sounder“, so called idiophones. The spectrum of this instrument type reaches from the muzzle drum, clip ring to the Chinese bell play.

The Indian JalTarang uses sound bowls for it’s periodic resonance. Depending upon the level of the instrumentalist an ensemble of 15 to maximum 22 bowls is used being made of China porcelain.

The sound is produced by slim sticks made of bamboo hitten on the bowl’s edge shifting the porcelain body in oscillations. Different sizes of bowls are used and filled with water for the accurate tuning of the single tones.

Milind Tulankar on the JalTarang Dr. Ragini Trivedi - JalTarang workshop

Milind Tulankar on the JalTarang | Dr. Ragnin Trivedi (JalTarang workshop)

Nowadays the JalTarang is played very rarely in India. It almost became extinct. Although it’s elegantly, easily sound is of large popularity amongst the audience. Outstanding Jaltarang players are Seethalakshmi, in India simply known as Seetha (Doraiswamy), Dr. Ragini Trivedi and the Indian maestro Milind Tulankar.

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Raga CDs des Monats (01/08): JALTARANG – Wellen des Klangs

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on December 21, 2007

Raga CDs des Monats

JALTARANG – Wellen des Klangs

JalTarang ist der Name eines antiken, indischen Instruments (Schreibweisen: Jal Tarang, JalTarang, Jal-tarang o. Jal-Yantra). JALTARANG ist Hindi und heisst „Wellen im Wasser“.

Sendetermin am Neujahrstag 2008: 1. Januar – 21:00 Uhr (METZ)
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Das JalTarang hat sich aus den Schlaginstrumenten, den Gongs und Gamelans entwickelt, die in Java, in Myanmar, dem frueheren Burma und auf Bali gespielt wurden. Erstmalig taucht JalTarang als Begriff im Mittelalter (17. Jhdt.) auf, im Sangeet Parij(a)at (Anm.: Wissenschaftliche Abhandlung zur indischen Musik von Ahobal).

Mit dem JALTARANG handelt es sich um ein Perkussionsinstrument, das zu der Gruppe der „Selbstklinger“ gehoert, s.g. Idiophone. Das Spektrum dieses Instrumententypus reicht vom Schellenring, der Maultrommel bis zum Chinesischen Glockenspiel.

Das indische JalTarang verwendet fuer die Eigenresonanz Klangschalen. Je nach Spielniveau des Instrumentalisten kommt ein Ensemble von 15 bis 22 Schalen aus chinesischem Porzellan zum Einsatz.

Die Klangerzeugung erfolgt mittels schlanker Staebe aus Bambus durch Schlaege auf den Schalenrand, mit dem der Klangkoerper aus Porzellan in Schwingungen versetzen wird. Neben unterschiedlichen Groessen werden alle Schalen zur exakten Stimmung der Einzeltoene mit Wasser gefuellt.

Milind Tulankar on the JalTarang Dr. Ragini Trivedi - JalTarang workshop

Milind Tulankar auf dem JalTarang | Dr. Ragnin Trivedi (JalTarang Workshop)

Das JalTarang wird in Indien heutzutage sehr selten gespielt. Es ist nahezu ausgestorben, obgleich sich sein eleganter, leichter Klang beim Publikum grosser Beliebtheit erfreut. Herausragende Jaltarangspieler sind Seethalakshmi, in Indien einfach nur Seetha (Doraiswamy) genannt, Dr. Ragini Trivedi und der indische Maestro Milind Tulankar.

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SAPTAK Annual Festival 2008

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on December 21, 2007

SAPTAK Annual Festival 2008…

Saptak began its journey in October 1980, when it was inaugrated by Pt. Ravi Shankar and Pt. Kishan Maharaj. It is a public charitable trust which runs the Saptak School of Music and organise musical events and other activities. Saptak’s mission is to preserve, develop and propagate Indian classical and traditional music.

Saptak organizes an annual festival of music inviting artists from all over India. This series of festivals was inaugurated by a performance by Bharat Ratna Pt. Ravi Shankar in 1980. The festival starts on the 1st of January every year. Over the years its span has increased from three days to thirteen days and the participation of artists has increased from about 25 to more than 80 for each festival. All leading vocalists as well as instrumentalists have participated on this platform regularly. (List of the artists who have performed). Some of the innovative features of this festival have been instrument and dance ensembles, Tala Vadya Kacheri, Rajasthani and Punjabi folk music.

Saptak also tries to keep alive the fading traditions of vocal music like Thumri and Dhrupad, and instruments like Sarangi and Pakhawaj by inviting the older generation of artists specializing in these fields. The students of Saptak also perform in the presence of renowned musicians, musicologists and a large appreciative audience in this festival. This provides them inspiration and instills greater self-confidence.

The organization of this programme has certain unique features.

  • There are no tickets.
  • The programme is entirely supported by well-wishers and business houses.
  • The sitting arrangement is Indian and democratic in its character.
  • Students of Saptak, teachers, musicians, musicologists, connoisseurs and well wishers are extended a special invitation.
  • The focus is on music alone and there are no ceremonies. Over the years a community has grown around this festival and the younger generation is being progressively drawn to it. Artists and connoisseurs from all over the country and many NRIs as well attend it regularly. A large following has developed and the audience has grown from about 300 to 3000.
  • This festival has won acclaim as a landmark in cultural events not only in Ahmedabad but all over the country.

Forthcoming Events…

SAPTAK Annual Festival 2008

Saptak Annual Festival 2008′ (official website)
Date:
From 1 January to 13th January 2008
Time:
8.30 pm sharp
Venue:
Kashiram Bhavan, B/h. L.D. Engineering Hostel, Ahmedabad.

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Grid Computing Project is Live

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on December 18, 2007

Grid Computing Project is Live
Dated December 18, 2007
techtree.com

An indigenous grid computing project christened “GARUDA“, after the winged mount of the Hindu god, Lord Vishnu, is now up and running with 500 processors connected to it.

Launched by the Union Department of Information Technology in 2004, “GARUDA” saw an initial investment of a whopping Rs 25 crores. The project seeks to patch-up computers and servers across 17 cities in India to form a networked grid capable of handling complex computing problems.

“GARUDA” is spear-headed by Pune-based Center for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC).

As of now, the grid, having 500 processors connected to it, boasts speeds of 100 megabits per second, and storage to the tune of 300 terabits.

Ramakrishnan, director general of C-DAC, said new processors are being added to the grid almost every week, and that the plan is to have 1,500 processors in all, running at speeds up to 10 gigabits per second.

“GARUDA” is nearing its proof-of-concept stage in March next year according to Ramakrishnan. So far, it has attracted attention from companies the likes of Microsoft and IBM, he said.

There’s a possibility that Tata group’s Computational Research Laboratories, or CRL, with its Eka supercomputer, might join “GARUDA”.

Just last month, Eka was adjudged the fastest supercomputer in Asia, and the fourth fastest worldwide at a conference in Nevada, USA.

Grids such as “GARUDA” are believed to have several applications, including earthquake prediction, drought monitoring, atmosphere-ocean coupling, customized weather prediction, and so on.

The 11th Five year Plan has approved in principle of a national grid, the details of which are being formulated.

(Source: GARUDA India – Press Kit – In the News – 12/18/2007)

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